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and deficits. less than two hours, the house will vote on a sandy relief bill that could deliver $51 billion in aid. but earlier today house republicans tried and failed to pass an amendment to the sandy relief bill that would give the money only if it were offset with spending cuts. they were saying no relief aid unless programs are cut back. 157 republicans voted for these offsets. they supported the amendment which would have killed the $50 million sandy relief package. how on earth did we get here? this is money sitting in washington to help our fellow americans get their lives back together. how can we explain the efforts to not help people? joining me now, congressman mick melvani. congressman, first of all, thanks for being here again. >> it's always a pleasure. thanks very much for having me. >> now, how can you talk about spending when americans are so desperate for help, congressman? >> well, it's pretty simple. because in your introduction you said the money was just sitting here in washington. and it's not. it's actually sitting in china. and we're going to have to go and borrow
are treated like anyone else under the law. >> debt and deficit front and center he offered a vigorous defense of entitlement programs. >> we must make the hard choices to reduce the cost of healthcare and size of the deficit. we reject that they must choose between caring that built the country. >> like every president since fdr, mr. obama started his day early, with a prayer service at st. john's church. before departing the white house for the longest motorcades known to man for the rise to the capital. a star-studded affair. where else do you see paul ryan mingling with jay-z and beyonce who belted out the national anthem. >> the ceremony was over there was a stream of pomp and circumstance waiting. >> from signing papers to officially nominate the new cabinet to lunch with congressional leaders. then, of course, the parade. the first family could make the way back to the white house in that grand bulletproof review stand. yet all of that could wait because leaving the west front of the capitol, the president went off script to take in the vista of the national mall. mr. obama seemed to be
together to strengthen the middle class, to shrink the deficit and fight for equal pay for men and women and help sure the safety our children, reform immigration law and establish equal rights for gay americans. he devoted several sentences to the battle against climate change which is notable considering some of the critics barely took on the issue the first term. the facts back that up. the president called for our divided congress to act. >> for now, decisions are upon us. we cannot afford delay. we cannot mistake absolutism for principle or substitute spectacle for politics or treat name-calling as reasoned debate. we must act. we must act, knowing our work will be imperfect. >>shepard: he defended the social welfare programs including medicare, medicaid, and social security. now we turn to ed henry live in lafayette park. the president drew inspiration from abraham lincoln and dr. martin luther king jr. in the speech. >>reporter: no doubt. it is no secret this is the first african-american secret and he happens to be sworn in on the same day we celebrate martin luther king jr. day.
could be here. he is a deficit hawk. more important than that he is a thoughtful and conscious -- voice of a conscious for the senate throughout his term on fiscal responsibility. we worked together in a very effective way to try to bring some sort of bipartisan effort into the requirement that we do something about the debt. it was really, as was mentioned, an idea that we came up with on a long plane ride i think to central america to put together a commission that then threw into the simpson bowls proposal that has become the defining memo for the effort to try to get that is under control. bob zoellick is fond of quoting a friend of his, the foreign minister of australia. we met a few months ago who said to him the united states is one debt deal away from leading the world out of fiscal chaos and disruption. we are. we truly are. we are a nation on the brink of massive economic expansion. from the place that can't is from, north dakota, you see the change in the paradigm on energy. we will go from importing country to an exporting country. our cost of energy for as far as i can see
to approach the deficit and issues like immigration and gun safety and i don't think he's going to be very frustrated if washington is completely divorced from the reality in the country, so he's going to seek common ground. he's going to find every way he can to compromise, but he's going to be pretty clear and we're also going to bring the american people more into the debate than the first term. >> what's the big difference in the president obama who took the oath four years ago and the one that will take the oath tomorrow? >> there's atmospheric differences. we had an economy collapsing all around us and he was a first term president and still putting together his team and agenda and cabinet and still the economy is too weak but recovering and the question is right now building on that as opposed to simply trying to stem the bleeding. there's a big difference and i think the experience of the office, as you know, you know, that helps a lot and so i think he does have even more sure-footedness in his approach. >> it can become a bit of a burden. historians write about the second term cu
in nearly the past three years, and the whole fiasco added to the deficit. host: after the news conference yesterday, house speaker john boehner responded with this statement -- " what are your thoughts on this? if the debt ceiling negotiable. some quick comments -- remember, you can post your comments on twitter. the first phone call is from maryland, a democratic caller, jill. caller: i don't believe the debt ceiling is negotiable. it is kind of ridiculous that the money is already owed, so why are we not going to pay what is owed to other people? if people have made investments, the bills have to be paid. i find it ridiculous that people in congress don't want to pay what is already owed. it does not make sense. host: here is the wall street journal this morning. caller: well, if you're asking me if that's true, i think there definitely needs to be somewhat of a compromise as far as spending cuts, but that is not an easy issue, because spending cuts mean job losses. it's not an easy thing to say a president will say we will stop paying the bills too. so there has to be compromised rehab
agenda, talking about jobs, dealing with the deficit, getting out of afghanistan. imgrapgs. not small goals. what are his chances of getting thinged accomplished? >> i think there's a path on immigration and that would probably be done soonler rather than later. i remember rahm emanuel saying never let a crisis go to waist waste. the republicans have a crisis in terms of attracting hispanic voters. so they need to deal with immigration reform. is prospects for that look very good. you look at the previous president, what tripped them up, you didn't mention lyndon johnson, but his presidency got devoured by the war in vietnam. he had a terrific legislative record. this president is very careful about getting this country involved in another international crisis, war. he's overly cautious and is getting us out of afghanistan, whether that's a good or bad idea. it's coming to an end. he's very much aware of history. i think we can check the box on the personal life. i have confidence he's not going to get in trouble in his personal life. i think the legislative confrontations are the tou
the hard choices to reduce the cost of health care and the size of our deficit. but we reject the belief that america must choose between caring for the generation that built this country and investing in the generation that will build its future. (cheers and applause) >> pelley: we people, the first three words of the pre-amble of the constitution, the president repeated it again and again throughout the speech, a speech about national unity and unity of person. norah o'donnell and john dickerson are down there on the national mall. they've been watching these events unfold all day. john, the president has quite a task ahead of im. how does he proceed politically? >> well, he proceeds the next big moment is the state of the union and that's where he will get even more detailed. as bob mentioned, this did have a state of the union like feel to it as he ticked off those agenda items. but he'll get more specific about agenda items, he'll put pressure on congress and the big thing, though, is while we think about his agenda for the future, he's still dealing with the business of the past an
's comeback. overcoming a 17-point deficit over the falcons to win the game. >> 17-0, coming back. what a win, san francisco. let's go. >> i'm never doubted it. my team is good on the road. i knew we would do it. no problems. our defense is tight. our offense is tight. we did it. we pulled it off. go 9ers! >> so glad the 9ers won. i'm ready to party it up all night. >> reporter: as game ended crowds emptied into the streets. and the city's mission district fans briefly overtook part of mission street but police were out in force and there was not the kind of violence or vandalism that followed the giants world series victory. san francisco mayor ed lee was seen in this twitter photo celebrating the 49ers victory this afternoon in washington, d.c. lee is in the nation's capital for the conference of mayors and president's inauguration. and mayor lee put out a statement congratulating the team tonight. we have a lot of happy fans here tonight. we're expecting the team to touchdown at the airport any minute and hopefully arrive here at the training facility within the next hour or so. >> so, mon
the deficit will get smaller. >> when it comes to the deficit in spending 83 percent were told they believe government spending is out of control that's up from 78 percent back in february 2010 and the next economic debate is whether to raise that debt ceiling. 69 percent of you said it should only be raised after major cuts are made where 23 percent say it would be reckless not to. it is coming up. >>> powerful wind gusts tearing through the midwest knocking down this frtree and causing ito fall into the house in ohio. luckily the people inside the home were in the basement so they were not injured. >>> with the stong winds comes a a -- strong winds comes a bitter cold snap. for more let's go to maria molina. >> we are not looking at cold temperatures across the areas of the midwest but also in the oifrt ea northeast. we didn't get this cold in places like the northeast. take a look at portions of the midwest. 6 below zero the current temperature in minneapolis. that is not the windchill. it feels even colder and some places will be looking at windchill temperatures more than 20 degrees be
to get the deficit down. we're going to do a budget this year and it will have revenues in it and our republican colleagues better get used to that fact. martha: promise, promises right? they will do a budget this year. we haven't seen one in how long? stuart varney the anchor of "varney & company". how many years has it been now? >> i believe it is 3 1/2 years. we go through the tax debate. we thought we got higher taxes on the rich and it was over, not so. senator schumer and fellow democrats are proposing yet higher taxes on the rich, more taxes on oil and gas companies and taxes on profits that american corporations makeover seas. so that is three big areas where taxes are going to go up. all of this we are told is going to be in the new budget which the senate has to pass in about a three-month period. so, here they come, higher taxes. martha: yeah. i mean, stuart, as you point out the argument that is being waged now about really tax rerecall follow was something that conservatives offered the first time around as a good way to sort of change the system and bring in more revenue
at the biggest issue that we face of this era, it's the deficit. it's the trillion dollars of debt and the president didn't really talk about that. he talked about, we're not a nation of takers but that we've become a nation of debtors. >> the president clearly is a smart man, a smart politician. he's also a writer, a thoughtful person. if that is the speech, if the speech as ari described, why would he decide to give that speech? what's the political goal? >> this is the last time he's getting sworn in as president of the united states. that's why. i think it's martin luther king day. martin luther king was courageous. martin made this point earlier that perhaps the president had some sense of guilt about not doing gun control and that it took newtown to get him to do that and so this is the speech you get to give once and i think there may have been a sense he wanted to be aggressive because he could and because he had to set out what he believes he said, i'm not going to get all of it, don't let the perfect -- nothing can be perfect. but i do believe he decided, why not, be esse
for another four more years? >> bob: they did. >> dana: one part talked about the deficit. listen to that sound and get kimberly's reaction. >> we, the people, still believe that every citizen deserves a basic measure of security and dignity. we must make the hard choices to reduce the cost of healthcare. and the size of our deficit. but we reject the belief that america must choose between caring for the generation that built this country and investing in the general haitian that will build this future. >> dana: kimberly, by suggesting they reject it, must mean somebody is proposing not taking care of the previous generation or the future generation. when some on the obama team say they are surprised that team sounded divisive for a lot of people. pundits but across the board, politico, et cetera. it must mean that somebody disagrees with it. i don't think that is what they were necessarily going for in this speech. >> kimberly: but that is how it came across. he is selling a clear line and it's continuing to be the shades of demonizing the right and the republicans that that is
would be able to reduce the deficit by $150 billion. not a bad idea. and then if you could do all this and would only cost the average driver less than $1 per week per car, would that be a reasonable burden to impose? so i'm floating the idea. we are beginning discussions with senator mark warner of virginia. he was part of the gang of six, gang of eight. we are encouraged by what we're hearing from him. chairman bill shuster in the house came to our meeting in pittsburgh in november, and he said, listen, folks, we know that the central question congress will have to address next year is revenue. we are open to ideas. no guarantee that they can pass anything. but bill shuster is open to any and all ideas. so what i'm asking you to do is to join us in the battle that lies ahead this next couple of years and demand that congress provide long-term funding for transportation. you know, the big issue that every member of congress is concerned about is with deficits, long-term fiscal viability of the country and cutting spending and raising revenue, that combination is what people seem
reduced the federal deficit even by a dollar. we are not going to get out of this overnight. this would allow us to keep reducing the deficits. we have a shared value in eliminating waste, fraud, and abuse. we are intent on that. host: how much of the budget does waste, fraud, and abuse make up? guest: i could go back to virginia beach, virginia, and we could identify waste every day. we will never eliminate it entirely. we can do a better job. it will take reforms. we are living longer and we have fewer people paying in. i want to protect those who are hurting the most, like art, who called in earlier. host: lester is a republican. caller: good morning. disability, 63 years old. my wife still works. $45,000 a less taw less than year. somehow someone is going to have to do something about this. guest: i agree completely. i believe it is immoral for one generation to pass on debt that dims their future. those who have served our country -- i am mindful of the price paid by our goldstar families. we're failing the young people. i am with you. i was over it. i believe when americans are gi
house caprettto prioritize the government's bills. guest: we have had some deficit reduction. as the president laid out a couple days ago, we have had over $2 trillion. we had 1.5 trillion that came from previous actions. and then we added just a few days ago some further deficit reductions through some increased taxes on the very wealthy of this country. so we have already begun to undertake a deficit-reduction. to use that as a reason to use the debt ceiling as a weapon is really playing with fire. they say pay some bills and not pay others. we have never tried that before. host: is it feasible? guest: i don't think so. which bills? social security? veterans? people out fighting for this country? which bills you pay? we never tried that. i think the president put it so well. this is not a dead beat nation, really. i think common sense is likely to prevail within the republican ranks. i know firsthand, second-hand, but much of the leadership within the house republican caucus, some of them realize the potential consequences. host: if president obama won on the fiscal cliff d
of our deficit of we do not want it to make the choice of caring for the generation that the share of the country and the generation that will shape this country. >> also address - climate change and equal pay for women. joining us now, kron-4's political analyst micahel yaki. any surprises? >> it was a very bipartisan tone. and your thinking they just have an aggressive agenda. and the young, the u.s., the drive, he was reaching out to them picking up some of the other categories >> mammal he also talked about some " we the people. this new grass-roots advocacy program they are using the same techniques citizens that need it is number one, the gun control legislation. the congressional people's attention and getting it into their faces. >> and also to the gay community and talking about the fourth there has been a lot of criticism. there has not been enough about the war but there is some >> there is some that he sees in his addressing the poor. and that he uses the bible from martin luther king jr.. for the assassination he was moving in the area of not just civil rights with soc
the government running. we need a plan to slowly on the but surely walk our nation out of debt, deficit, and decline. this debatealf, -- is often argued in numbers and figures, but it is really about families like yours that bear the burden of a slow economy. constant uncertainty and ever changing government rules that cesare jobs overseas. de to day jobs pay less. -- day to day jobs pay less. we need to address the most pressing economic challenges. you deserve better. with the swearing in of a new congress and the inauguration of president obama, this is an opportunity for a new start. republicans will not provide a blank check for more spending and the rational borrowing and constant tax increases. we need to have a washington budget and not a family budget. budget and not a family budget.
you can expect bills related to gun control and immigration and then the fight over the deficit all of them will start rolling out even before the state of the union address. you heard the speech seven times together not so much together is this problem with the house republicans have control but the thing that the president has going is that for him to build a base of support he has put together a political organization you noticed particularly in the fight over the last few months of the fiscal cliff how he was able to appeal to the business community to all of the group's the congressmen have to answer to constituents both their contributors and their voters so it is possible usually you run into a problem the lewinsky problem some sort of crisis comes along that derails you so it really is going to be a sort of world wind and the next few months because that is when you get the momentum. you look back in history we have reagan who builtdealt with the iranian conflict how you keep from being derailed? you have to get the boats quickly while you still have the momentum the preside
budget deficit and debt, the committee sees that the budget deficit will continue to decline over the next two years. but we do not characterize the debt and deficit at unsustainably high levels. we do think the deficit is reduced to $925 billion in 2013 and narrowed further, to $728 billion in 2014. that is down from $1.1 trillion last year. that gives you an overview of the committee consensus opinion and i would be happy to answer any additional questions you might how about the committee's outlook. i will be happy to entertain other questions as well. yes? >> just to clarify a little bit on the gdp dragon on the tax hike, was that on the payroll and income tax increases? >> that is correct. >> the 1.25% dragon, was out for the whole year? -- the 1.25% drag, was that for the whole year? >> we think it will be for the whole year of fiscal 2013. >> with the labour market and some improvement on as quick as it was, without just -- there was some sentiment that it might be slowing down. >> we are seeing drags on consumer spending, but also from the ongoing recession in europe and j
it. gun safety, immigration reform. deficit reduction and those looming spending cuts that are a part of the sequestration. so that's lot before the president. but as major has noted this is a speech today that's not about specifics, but setting the tone and trying in some ways to push the reset button. >> thank you very much. the president and the first family are back at the white house this morning, but they started their day right across the street from the white house at st. john's episcopal church where our wyatt andrews is standing by this morning. >> scott, good morning. every president since franklin roosevelt, that's 80 years, has begun inauguration day here at st. john's church. the president arrived early this morning with the first lady, daughters malia and sasha, and the family of vice president biden. they came to a 50-minute prayer service. attended also by about 600 members of the parish and congregation. they also got some news when they heard that their reverend will be giving the benediction. the previous one had withdrawn after he gave an anti-gay sermon 20 years
deficit hawk. the republican senate committee budget guru, and he is offsetting most of the first slice. the bill's actually two pieces, 17 billion and 34 billion. and he's offsetting the 17 billion portion with a across-the-board cut. so it'll be interesting to see if that passes or not. you know, all democrats will vote against it, and i suspect that it will fail. but it'll be interesting to see. for him it's important because they want to establish the principle that emergency spending needs to be offset with spending cuts. which is something that democrats are very afraid of, because they feel like every time there's a disaster, republicans use it as an excuse to go after domestic programs, social services and so forth. so that'll be an important precedent, and then we'll see what happens in the senate. you know, we'll probably see a house/senate conference on the bill or some ping-ponging between the chambers and probably delaying final enactment. >> host: yeah. and the washington times reporting this morning that the conservative group for growth is threatening to punish members w
spending cuts in order to get the deficit under control and there are a lot of people, including the head of the imf who say look at europe's example to say america, don't go too far, you could slow growth down to the point it doubles down on itself. it starts to make things worse because more people are out of work, not paying taxes, they become recipients of government aid and you're not generating economic growth, the kind that creates jobs, so i think that will be one focus. the other focus is trust. does anybody trust anybody anymore? do we trust our governments to make the right decisions, our employers to make the right decision? i hope i have more time to talk about it in between the swarees. >> i trust alli, and i trust yo. what is the one thing i need to know about my money? >> you need to know home sales and home prices are forecast to rise this year. deutsche bank's chief economist says 2013 will be the year of the house. >> really? >> and zillow says that home prices will rise. the year of the house. >> is that between the year of the rat and the year of the dragon. >>> 25 mi
. >> reporter: the president urged action on the deficit and global warming and keeping kids safe. >> we reject the belief america must choose between caring for the generation that built this country and investing in the generation who will build its futu future. >> reporter: we can, he said, find a way. >> my fellow americans, we are made for this moment and we will see so long as we see this together. >> reporter: many who came were moved. >> hopefully it's kicking off a great second term and a new direction for the country. >> it's great and seeing all the fellowship. >> reporter: so much to see and hear. beyonce's national anthem. ♪ gave proof through the night >> reporter: the inaugural parade was a pageant, a kaleidoscope of colorful floats and talented bands. and leading the way were the obamas who walked part of the way to the white house for a second term. senior republicans say they hope president obama has opened the door today to more cooperation on capitol hill. live from the white house, i'm steve handelsman, nbc bay area news. >>> okay, steve, thank you. our political analyst
overcame an early 1- 0 deficit and beat the flames 4- 1. they play edmonton tomorrow and have their home opener on thursday. >>> play of the day, why not, frank gore, a couple of touchdowns and this one simple but it gave the 9ers the lead in the game after going down big time until the first half. they went onto beat atlanta and face the ravens in the super bowl february 3rd and better yet, we'll be remining you. it's on cbs 5 -- reminding you. it's on cbs 5 by the way,. >> that will be the holiday in a couple weeks. >>> the nation's capitol is a buzz this morning. >> the 57th presidential inauguration. we're going to check in with christin ayers who's live on the mall in washington dc when he we come back. >>> the 49ers are headed to the super bowl, fans are counting down the days to new orleans. we'll show you celebrations that went on in the bay and the last time our team played in the big game. >>> you're watching cbs 5 eyewitness news this morning. >>> good morning everyone. it's monday issue, january 21 january 21st, i'm michelle griego. >> i'm
control on the budget? on the deficit? >> let me say two things that he can do. i got interrupted for miss alicia keys. i'm sorry. >> today is an incredible day. and you can feel the energy everywhere that you go. in so many ways, every day is a new day. and a new chance. a new chance to be our best. to serve our highest purpose. yeah. so i'm going to need your help tonight because i'm up here all by myself. i just wanted it to be me and you. so help me celebrate this most momentous day. i'll tell you what to do. i need you to say -- ♪ ♪ people say eh ♪ ♪ it's a new day ♪ it's a new day ♪ getting ready, everybody ready ♪ ♪ eh oh, a new day ♪ a new day ♪ celebrate and say eh, eh ♪ celebrate and say eh ♪ yeah because he's president and he's on fire. hotter than a fab as they like a highway ♪ ♪ he's living in a world and it's on fire filled with catastrophe ♪ ♪ he has both feet on the ground and he's burning it down ♪ ♪ oh, oh got his head in the crowds and he's not breaking down ♪ ♪ he's walking on fire ♪ obama's on fire ♪ watch him as he's lightin
as a package. >> the now defunct campaign will try to focus on deficit control and gun control. on the last issue republicans can see democrats in distress. chief among them senate majority leader harry reid. >> i don't think senator harry reid brings it to the senate floor because he has six democrats up in election in two years. >> this and other difficulties appeared miles away as mr. obama recited the constitutional oath that cemented the start of his new term. >> i did it. >> sasha was referring to the mix jum four years ago where the chief justice and the president said some of the words of the oath out of sequence prompting a do-over here at the white house a couple of hours later. as sasha said nobody messed up this time and as said a couple of moments ago, that's probably not too bad. >>> robert gibbs was an adviser to the obama campaign and served as the white house's first press secretary. welcome. >> thank you. >> you have seen it you have read it, characterize it. >> i think it's hopeful, and it talks about the values and the visions and the ideals th
our debt to g.d.p., our deficit to g.d.p. down around 3%, which is the basis of all economists left, right and center all agree on the areas we can begin to grow as a country. and as my grandfather used to say with grace of god and goodwill of the neighbors, cooler heads will prevail now between now and the time we deal with the debt ceiling and we may meet the goal which we set out to do, which is to have roughly a $4 trillion cut over 10 years in the long-term deficit and to put us on that path. but i didn't come here to talk about any of those important subjects today, because as important as they all are today we have a more urgent and immediate call and that is how to deal with the epidemic of gun violence in america. you all know the statistics better than anyone so i'm not going to repeat them. on that score, i owe an incredible debt of gratitude to you at the head table and those of you in the room. i know we don't have unanimity in this ballroom nor do we in any ballroom, but we all acknowledge that we have to do something. we have to act. and i hope we all agree, there is
from the park. we sat at the counter and had a ham and cheese sandwich. the deficit let's walk back to the hotel, about to return miles we did. we walked back here. by this time it was good to be either to:00 at night and said i would pick him up in the morning and taken to the airport, which said it. i knew the flight. we got out that the airport. he did something which was very curious. it was with the minister had done with him. that is, just before he went tour is planned he turned around , put his suitcase down and threw his arms around me and give me a hug. it was a wonderful bond. the other story, to tell you is a very grim story. the most difficult part of the story is that we in the embassy been nothing about it. it turned out the ambassador did know anything about it. if we believe in civilian control the military is a heavy tank. the head to of supervised the creation of a new american cultural center not too far -- on the other side, just a block down from the hotel. so we had bought up this big old palace. we were turning it into a culture center. clinical trial an atta
of what i believe to he faces. reforming immigration, reducing the deficit gun control, averting climate change, maybe iran's nuclear program. certainly you get a sense it's going to be mainly domestic. certainly if you're looking at the tick box in the first four years, i would say killing bin laden, killing gadhafi, the american help to the arab spring, although it's not without difficulty, pulling troops in iraq and setting a timetable for afghanistan, these have all been a seen that president obama would rather focus on domestic issues rather than foreign issues. >> i think that's true. and i think you see that when he takes the bully pulpit. he doesn't go out and speak well. they' had several blunders on foreign policy issues. the most recent one is a failure for america to retaliate in some meaningful or symbolic way on the death of an american ambassador in benghazi. >> interesting point. the george bush administration would have piled in there, blown things to pieces and exacted terrible retribution. that's the american way for a long time. is that the right way? would that creat
health care, financial reform, deficits and spending and more. the man they came to see began his day with a morning prayer service at st. john's episcopal, near the white house and often called the church of the presidents. he was joined by first lady michelle obama and their daughters malia and sasha as well as vice president biden, his wife jill and members of their family. afterward at the white house, they hosted a bipartisan group of congressional leaders for coffee and then the president began the drive down pennsylvania avenue. all the while lawmakers, other dignitaries and celebrities filled the seats on the west front of the capital. they included former presidents jimmy carter and his wife rosalyn and bill clinton accompanied by his wife, outgoing secretary of state hillary clinton. and then the formal entrances. the obama daughters were introduced to the crowd along with their grandmother marion robinson, the first lady's mother. they were followed by jill biden and by mrs. obama. >> ladies and gentlemen, the first lady of the united states, mrs. michelle obama. >> brown:
and the size of our deficit. but we reject the belief that america must choose between caring for the building this country and investing in the people that will build this future. for we remember the lessons of our past, when the years were af a child with a disability had nowhere to turn. we do not believe in this country freedom is reserved for the lucky or happiness for the few. we recognize that no matter how responsibility we live our lives, any one of us at any time may face a job loss or sudden illness or a home swept away in a terrible storm. the commitments we make to each other, through medicare and medicaid and social security, these things do not set back our mission, they strengthen us. they do not make us a nation of takers, they free us to take the risks that make this country great. we, the people, still believe that our obligations of americans are not just to our selves but to all prosperity. we will respond to the threat of climate change. knowing that the failure to do so would bee tray our children and future generations. some may still deny the overwhelming judgment of s
the deficit right now. i think washington needs to be focused on getting more people back to work. >> reporter: john legend, thank you so much. good luck tonight. don't be too cold out here. you have to save your voice. >> it is so much better than last time. >> reporter: i know. thanks a lot. >> thank you. >> reporter: rachel, it's the second inauguration and people say that their diminished expectations, a smaller crowd, it is really exciting being up here. it's always a thrill to be at the inauguration for the president of the united states. >> i would not feel like it was not inauguration if i did not see you up there talking to people who you have rangled on the vip platform. andrea mitchell, thank you very much. can i tell my john legend story? so i'm sitting in a hotel lobby, susan and i are there, we are in the hotel lobby, there's a piano player. we are enjoying a night out. in from the street runs unexplained and unannounced john legend. he runs into the hotel lobby, excuses the piano player and sits down to sing love songs to his girlfriend in the hotel lobby. susan thought i arrang
of health care and the size of our deficit. but we reject the belief that america must choose between caring for the generation that built this country and investing in the generation that will build its future. [ cheers ] for we remember the lessons of our past when twilight years were spent in poverty and parents of a child with a disability had nowhere to turn. we do not believe that in this country freedom is reserved for the lucky or happiness for the few. we rec noise that no matter how responsibly we live our lives, any one of us at any time may face a job loss or a sudden illness or a home swept away in a terrible storm. the commitments we make to each other through medicare and medicaid and social security, these do not staff our initiative, they strengthen us. they do not make us a nation of takers. they free us to take the risks that make this country great. [ cheers and applause ] we, the people, still believe that our obligations as americans are not just to ourselves but to all posterity. we will respond to the threat of climate change knowing that the failure to do so would be
, and trying to find a solution to the deficit problem, lings. so economics still playing a big factor and jobs. that's one thing a lot of people talked about last night is the emphasis for needing more jobs for americans, as the president starts his second term. mike. >> all right. tori campbell, live in washington, d.c. this morning. we appreciate your time. >>> as you saw it live, president obama was just sworn in a few minutes ago. vice president joe biden already was sworn in for his second term earlier this morning. >> so help me god. >> so help me god. >> congratulations >> thank you. [ applause ] >> biden was surrounded by family and friends for his brief swearing in at the naval observatory. supreme court justice sonia sotomayor administered the oath of office. after biden's swearing in he and president obama attended a wreath-laying ceremony at the tomb of the unknowns at arlington national cemetery. it's the first time a visit to the cemetery has been included as part of the inauguration. >>> it's nine owe3. political leaders from california are in washington, d.c. for the inaugurati
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